October 30, 2015 |
A SOUTH JERSEY borough was in mourning yesterday, shocked at the news that one of its leading citizens was found dead on a beach 50 miles away. The body of Jeff Radio, 43, former mayor of Clayton, Gloucester County, washed onto the sands of Strathmere, Cape May County, early Tuesday, New Jersey State Police confirmed last night. The cause of Radio's death was under investigation last night, pending an autopsy at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point, according to Sgt. Jeff Flynn, a police spokesman.
October 23, 2015 |
There's nothing unusual about whales roaming off the Jersey Shore, but in recent days, some folks have caught a rare sight along the coast: humpbacks frolicking almost in the surf. "I've never seen anything like it," said Daniel Maimone, a year-round Ocean City resident for 15 years. Maimone, a Realtor, said he was on the beach Saturday when he saw a whale close to the shore for the first time. Over the next two days, he said, he saw up to two together in the water at any one time.
October 6, 2015 |
Jersey Shore residents woke up Sunday to the first glimpse of sunshine in days - but also to flooded roads and sharply eroded beaches. As damage from the weekend's storm came into focus, afternoon high tides sent water surging into the streets in many Ocean County and Cape May County towns. Mike Johnston looked out over the beach from the Ocean City boardwalk near Fifth Street after a bike ride Sunday morning. "It has been getting wiped out," said Johnston, 59, of Magnolia, an estimator for a steel fabrics company.
October 5, 2015 |
NORTH WILDWOOD, N.J. - After the tide hit its highest Saturday afternoon, bay water lapped at the house Anthony Bencivengo has lived in for 17 years. He is accustomed to flooding on Old North Wildwood Boulevard, but the 3 or 4 inches of water that filled his first floor were unusually steep. "As long as the house is still standing, it's OK," Bencivengo, 36, said. From his front porch, he could spot the remnants of a neighbor's house, where some pieces floated and came to rest after the house collapsed into the bay. "Every one of us," he said, "worries about it every year.
October 4, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Even though Hurricane Joaquin appeared to be heading well out to sea, the Jersey Shore remains caught in what the National Weather Service called a "squeeze play" between weather systems conspiring to generate heavy rain, powerful winds, coastal flooding and potentially significant beach erosion. Steady winds of better than 30 m.p.h. with gusts up to 57 m.p.h. are expected to persist into Sunday afternoon, inciting beach-eating waves, indirectly tied to Joaquin whose approach is days away.
September 7, 2015 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - The Nashes said they were in denial that it was coming to an end. Within 72 hours, it would be back to work and back to school for the Springfield, Delaware County, family of four. They had waited until Labor Day weekend - the last of the "unofficial" summer season - to pack in all the activities they hadn't gotten to yet this summer, including a surrey bike ride down the boardwalk Saturday. "Yeah, it's been kind of an expensive weekend so far," said Kristin Nash, 40, as she rattled off the list of things the family had done since arriving the day before.
September 6, 2015 |
When he was growing up at the Jersey Shore, Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. remembers the mood that used to settle over his hometown like a wet beach blanket the day after Labor Day. Summer residents would board up their houses and decamp to permanent homes elsewhere. Shops and restaurants would close. Streets that only hours before were clogged with cars and people were so empty the traffic signals would become blinking lights until spring. "Growing up, Labor Day was the end of summer, and it got so quiet you could shoot a cannon off and run down the street naked and nobody would see you. . . . Even the good weather seemed like it left town," Troiano said.
September 4, 2015 |
No one has assigned chores at our Shore house. We've all adopted tasks that suit us: Andi Coyle is in charge of logistics. Jane Koehler takes lunch orders. Betty Garvin clears the table. I make tea. Not the drink but the meal. It started three years ago, after many annual holiday high teas at fancy Philadelphia hotels. My friends and I - all current or former figure skaters - loved the tiered trays of finger sandwiches and cakes, the fancy dishes, clothes, and manners. "We should do this again another time of the year," I said, suggesting a summer outing at the Jersey Shore, where nine of us rent a house every August in Ocean City.
August 23, 2015 |
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Luke Feltmann, 7, was having a good week. There the Bergen County boy was, staying at a rental house in Avalon with his extended family, playing with his cousins, splashing in the pool and surf. On top of all that, he cashed in big time with the Tooth Fairy - seven bucks. But then he fell into the dreaded Owie Zone: He awoke in the middle of the night with an earache, a long way from his home doctor. What to do? His mother, Laurie, got on Google. The next morning, Luke and his parents were at Cape Regional Urgent Care in Cape May Court House, being seen by a friendly doctor even though Luke still looked miserable.
August 22, 2015 |
FORT MYERS, Fla. - With straw-hatted scouts clustered like ants in JetBlue Park's shade, hundreds of sweating, sunbaked high school baseball players gathered in June for the Perfect Game National Showcase, and overexerted themselves on nearly every throw and swing. Then, like a welcome breeze amid all the sweat and struggle, Jason Groome coolly took his turn on the mound. If, in their zeal to impress, his pitching peers' efforts seemed grossly exaggerated, the New Jersey native's were as smooth and sweet as the nectarines in an adjacent orchard.